Frank Raines Regional Park, located in Modesto, California, is a campground and day-use outdoor park for hikers and bikers. The park is situated on the main slopes of the Pacific Coast Range, so the views are guaranteed to be spectacular! This is a very popular site for people to bring their dogs to get away from the hectic pace of the daily grind, so call ahead for a spot if you are looking to camp!
While the campgrounds and day-use areas are open year-round, the OHV park is closed during the summer because of fire season, so if you were planning to visit with your camper, you should call ahead to see if they have opened back up.
The main park is divided into three areas: the Minnear Area to the east, which is over 1,000 acres designated as non-motorized recreation use; the Frank Raines Day Use Area, where campers and hikers and their pets can picnic, barbecue, and relax for the day; and the Frank Raines Off-Highway Vehicle Park, although, again, this area is closed usually from Mid-June to Mid-October. The day-use park has picnic tables, restrooms, and a playground, as well as other opportunities for play and sport.
To the west is the campground, located in Deer Creek Canyon. Here, you will find lots of hikers and their furry companions as they explore all of California's coastal ecosystems and wildlife. Mudding is popular here as well. Be alert, though -- certain areas are used for deer and wild pig hunting during those seasons.
Deer Creek Canyon also offers campers 34 full hook-up campsites, restrooms with hot showers, picnic shelters, and over 800 acres for off-highway vehicle recreation. Be sure to take Fido exploring on one of the many self-guided trails. Please note: campers are not allowed to stay for longer than 15 nights from March 1 to October 31.
When you are ready to explore outside the park, you can visit nearby Modesto Reservoir Regional Park and the Woodward Reservoir Regional Park by taking a short drive up the road. There is always plenty to do when you camp in Frank Raines Regional Park.